Today’s episode features Trae Stephens, one of the Partners at Founders Fund. As a venture capitalist, Trae provides excellent insight into what investors are looking for in entrepreneurs. As Trae explains, “we’re looking for outliers.” Find out what that entails and also how Trae measures value by the ability to create abundance and decrease competition. Trae bounces effortlessly between business, theology, and philosophy as he speaks, and we really think you’ll enjoy listening to what he had to share!
As Faith Driven Entrepreneurs we know that you're looking for resources to encourage and equip you on your journey. We also know that a big part of that is finding a community of like minded leaders both to provide insight and counsel and in some instances to financially invest in the work God is doing…
Today we’re just outside of Austin, Texas connecting with Mark McLain. Mark likes to refer to himself as an accidental entrepreneur. He didn’t grow up as the lemonade stand kid but has since gone on to start two different companies. Today, he leads SailPoint, an identity management business started in 2005, that is publicly traded with a market cap around $2 Billion and 1,200 team members across 33 different companies. Mark shares his powerful story of being an “Accidental Entrepreneur” and how that path is more common than we think.
Today’s episode marks the start of something new. We’re launching a brand new website and podcast for the Faith Driven Investor. This episode, and the entire Faith Driven Investor podcast series, is for fund managers, investors, business owners and pastors who believe that God owns it all and who care deeply about how we steward our investments for financial return and gospel-centered transformation. Listen in to hear Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich share what God has been doing in this movement and what’s to come.
Originally published by Fast Company— Corrie Conrad, Head of Social Impact at Sephora, shares about Sephora Stands Together (financial support to Sephora employees), Classes For Confidence (workshops for women trying to reenter the workforce) and Sephora Accelerate, its startup incubator.
Wes Willmer builds us up in his piece: How do we see work and earning in the bigger picture of our Christian faith? He reveals that increasing our impact is not about earning more money, but that it happens when we acknowledge our place in God’s work, when we know ourselves, and when we understand how God views money.
Robert Kim of Caprock Group shares his insights on the Faith-driven Impact Investing panel he moderated at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) Conference 2018. The event allowed both Robert and the panelists (Bryce Butler, Gloria Nelund, and Todd Johnson) to share about Jesus at one of the most prominent yet secular gatherings of impact investors and social entrepreneurs!
Abel Pomar, President/CEO of Evangelical Christian Credit Union, helps us see the big picture with this article. He challenges us to think bigger than ethical investing by calculating the financial impact of how we can use even something as simple as a bank account to promote God’s kingdom.
Money is something that every entrepreneur will struggle with. We know that God tells us that we can’t worship both Him and Mammon. In addition to the eternal truth that we see in the Bible, there is some great research on money that can help us understand the dynamic that money plays in our lives. Which makes people happier - purchasing material items or experiential purchases? Bill High shares some research to help us answer that question, “Can Money Buy Happiness?”, once and for all.
Jason Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of August Smart Homes, talks to Rusty and William about when the entrepreneurial itch first hit him while working at a large tech company. From humble beginnings, Jason explains how receiving a scholarship to Pepperdine University introduced him to the responsibility of calling and that entrepreneurship was a natural expression of that calling.
Many of you know Rusty Rueff as a co-host of the Faith Driven Entrepreneur Podcast. We’re approaching 25 episodes together! 25 seems like a decent amount, until you realize that Rusty is now on to DAY 2519 of his daily devotional on faith in the workplace. That’s more than 2,500 entries. Here’s one from last week that I liked alot (I actually like all of them). I hope you’ll enjoy it too, and look to subscribe.
“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”
Fundraising. It’s something that we as entrepreneurs all have to tackle at some point. In this week’s FDE podcast episode, we examine the different issues that are associated with fundraising. You'll hear Henry note at the outset that this particular episode is a bit more weighted for the social entrepreneur or ministry entrepreneur....but I hope you'll agree that the mindset on fundraising is very relevant for entrepreneurs of all types.
There’s some small chance for those reading our blog over the past week that you don’t know that we have a podcast too. Well we do :). You’ll see that we have 3 episodes loaded up on Simplecast and iTunes. We’d love for you to check them out. We’d love your feedback and questions, and of course, if you like them, and know someone who might be encouraged by them, we hope that you’ll share them.